Why you need a managed service provider

5 Reasons to Partner with a Managed Service Provider

The need for MSPs (Managed Service Provider) is on the rise, and with good reason. You may be familiar with the term and even the nature of an MSP. Your Managed Services Provider can take over your daily IT support and services and provide a measurable and quantifiable ROI. Among other additional benefits include lowering…Continue Reading


5 Steps to Network Security and Compliance

Network Security and Compliance Best Practices

Small businesses are often at a greater risk for cyber threats because they typically have smaller budgets and do not have the revenue to afford their own information technology departments to deal with these threats. In addition, 87 percent of small business owners do not believe they are at risk for an attack. As a…Continue Reading


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Hurricane Preparedness for Businesses Part 2: 5 Critical Steps to Ready Your Infrastructure Before A Storm

In Part 1, we discussed putting together a hurricane plan for your personnel and ensuring that you keep an open line of communication with emergency services organizations, local businesses, and vendors. Here in Part 2, we will take a look at hurricane preparedness from a business IT perspective. It is imperative that you also develop…Continue Reading


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How to Prepare Your Business for a Hurricane – Part 1

Until last year, Florida had not been directly hit by a hurricane since 2005. Yet, in 2004, the state was directly hit a record four times, which had never happened, dating back to 1850. Odds are Florida is due for another hurricane strike. In fact, according to the latest forecasts released by Colorado State University,…Continue Reading


Top 10 Ways Your Network Security Is at Risk

The recent ransomware cyberattacks in the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the globe remind us how vulnerable businesses can be to cyber criminals. During the last three years, Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams targeted more than 400 U.S. businesses every day and cost those companies $3 billion. Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks: they…Continue Reading


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How to Remove Network Security Vulnerabilities

If your business operated with trade secrets and you knew there was a way your competition could access those secrets, you would seal that hole. If you knew your proprietary information was at risk, you would fix the issue. Removing network security vulnerabilities is one of the best things you can do for the future…Continue Reading


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CIOTech Taking Proactive Efforts for Global Ransomware Outbreak “WannaCry”

CIO Technology Solutions is actively monitoring the announcement of the recently discovered Microsoft computer security exploit, WannaCry. This ransomware infection of specific vulnerable Microsoft windows systems has infected thousands worldwide, and we are taking necessary precautions to mitigate any potential risks. The specific delivery vectors are still being investigated. However, there are several potential sources…Continue Reading


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The Importance of Network Security for Small Businesses

Small businesses are easy targets for hackers and cyber criminals for a very obvious reason. They often have valuable data with very few safeguards. If you are a small business owner, here is what you need to know about cybersecurity and why investing in it is one of the most important investments you can make…Continue Reading


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7 Ways to Protect Your Business from Security Risks

Cybersecurity was once thought to be a threat only larger and more well-known companies needed to be concerned with. Cyber criminals primarily targeted these larger entities, in part, because of their implied deeper pockets. There is also a certain level of prestige for some vanity-driven hackers when causing business disruption to a large brand. Lately,…Continue Reading


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10 Reasons Why Your Company’s a Hacker’s Dream

In the beginning days of cyber crime, it was the large companies with deep pockets that the criminals targeted. That is no longer the case. In fact, they prefer companies that have valuable data and little security. Are you that company? While predicting cyber attacks are like predicting lightning strikes, it is possible to understand…Continue Reading


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